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Wayhome Music and Arts Festival returns to Oro-Medonte north of Toronto for its second year July 22, 23 & 24th (26 days!) with an expanded program and line up this year. Headliners include Friday’s LCD Soundsystem (in their first live gig in five years) Saturday’s Arcade Fire and Sunday’s The Killers. Along with 60 + musical performances there are experience, food, and art features on site to create an immersive experience that will be as memorable off stage as on.

For all campers/ festival goers arriving on Thursday when the gates open, there will be an optional Artwalk (starting at 8:00 p.m.) expanded from year one. All of the festival’s artists who’ve created installations on site will be in attendance to meet and greet, and there will be a musical performance by Toronto Alt-Pop duo Darcys. Also on offer for Thursday will be a ticketed culinary event with Feast in the Forest, presented by Charlie’s Burgers and set in the rarely seen backstage artist hospitality area.

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Ryan Howes, creative director, WayHome Music and Arts says“To have Do LaB, Angus Watt, OCAD, Aaron Li-Hill, Charles Bierk, Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean, Nathan Whitford, Puncture, Balloon Chain and artists curated by the The Drake that include; ‪Lady AIKO,  ‪BirdO, ‪Jimmy Chiale, ‪Diana Lynn VanderMeulen,‪ Videomancy, ‪Peter Rahul and Alex McLeod, all in attendance to talk about the pieces they have created for the festival is a huge coup.”

For festival goers arriving on various days and times, Wayhome has set up an easy to use Share the Bus system and schedule to help with planning.

As seen by last year’s Wayhomies, the beautiful restored 1920s barn is the centrepiece of the VIP experience. Forming an oasis of shade and some respite from the heatwave of year one, the barn offers a can’t be beat viewing platform as well as comfortable seating, a bar, and a merch table. It’s a place to people watch and recharge, and the barn door opens to a hillside ideal for viewing the main stage (Wayhome Stage) and with quick access to the front of house as well as back to the Drake’s food vendors (a must). Year One’s offerings also included some niceties like phone charging service, shoe cleaning (in case of muddy conditions) and VIP trailer washrooms with A/C.  (VIP Full Event Pass $599)

Regular passes are offered on different tiers as well as single day passes. Camping passes are offered separately as these spaces can be shared with small groups. (3 Day Passes $209-279, Single Day GA $109)

The Silent Disco is an optional add on which is seperately ticketed for Friday and Saturday. DJs include City Kid Soul, Hey! DW, Ken Park, Bambii, Free ‘N Losh (Friday) Birthday Boy, Avenue, Members Only, Wolf Saga , Pusher (Saturday).

The line up is bursting this year with music to please almost any ear. Each of the weekend’s headliners are a major draw, and having seen both The Arcade Fire and The Killers a number of times in various settings, we are sure they will not disappoint, and will form the soundtrack to each setting sun of a memorable weekend. Other personal musts for us (and before seeing the full set times/overlap) include M83, Metric, Gary Clark Jr., Stars, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Third Eye Blind, Bahamas, Keys N Krates, A Tribe Called Red & Savages. We expect the site layout (stages) will not be drastically different from Year One, which was very well done and made boogie-ing from one to another quite do-able with about a 5 minute lead time, even for the ambitious who want to get close. The Audio and Visual set up was second to none, meaning that those who prefer to hang back on a blanket were as happy as those at the barrier. There’s something for everyone at Wayhome.

And finally, here is our personal guide for maximizing your camping preparation, time and enjoyment, to ensure you can spend less time making house and more time chilling out. Being the first time we’d camped in quite a while, we over-packed slightly. Chairs are never a bad idea, shade is a must and less is more on food (being outside in the heat will restrict appetites.) This is a personal guide we’ve created and is not intended to be read as official information nor is it meant to be inclusive. This is just a few tips and tricks from us to you. The overall experience was very hassle free and friendly in year one (from staff to security, to other guests) and people are willing to help each other out, neighbour style. Don’t stress. This weekend is different. Have fun!

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Read our continuing Wayhome coverage for 2016 and from the inaugural Wayhome fest in 2015 HERE.